The Me 262, nicknamed "Schwalbe" (Swallow), is a twin engine turbojet fighter and the world's first operational jet fighter aircraft. The aircraft made it's very first flight on April 18 1941 with piston engines, making it's maiden flight with jet engines on July 18, one year later. However, it's entrance into Luftwaffe service into the war would be delayed, only being introduced into service in April of 1944.
There were 1430 Me 262s built. Although during the war, only around 200 would be operational at any one time. The aircraft was mainly used during it's short service life as a bomber interceptor, and secondarily as a fighter-bomber. Due to the speed of the aircraft, specifically while it is in the air, the main tactics employed to combat 262s were to attack them while they were on the ground, taking off, or landing.
Me 262 pilots in total during the war claimed a total of 542 kills on Allied forces during World War 2.
Powers and Stats
Tier: 9-B with cannons, 9-B with rockets, up to 9-A with bombs
Name: Messerschmitt Me 262
Origin: The Real World
Classification: Interceptor / Fighter-Bomber
Height: 3.5 meters
Length: 10.6 meters
Weight:4,535kg loaded weight
Needed Prerequisite for Use: Single pilot, ammunition, fuel, training, and a runway with an optimal distance to take off
Used By: Luftwaffe, Post-War most Me 262s were found and captured by the Allies for evaluation
Powered By: 2 Junkers Jumo 004 B-1 turbojets
Operational Timeframe: Several hours
Attack Potency: Wall level with cannons (The 30mm cannons are capable of downing heavy bombers such as the B-17 in as little as 4 rounds, with 1 round on average required to drop fighters, with even a single shell from a MK 108 capable of dealing lethal damage to a Spitfire. In comparison, the MG 151/20 required an average of 25 to take down a B-17), Wall level with R4M rockets (The R4M's anti aircraft version has a large 55mm warhead with a 520 g filling of the Hexogen explosion charge, which in most cases is capable of nearly destroying a fighter in a single hit), up to Small Building level+ with bombs (The A-1a can carry 250 kg bombs which contain 130 kg of explosive filling, with the A-2a capable of carrying 500 kg bombs with 220 kg filling of explosives)
Range: Up to 1.5km for R4M rockets, hundreds of meters for MK 108 cannons.
Speed: Subsonic+ (900 kph)
Durability: Wall level (Is roughly this large)
Weaknesses: Vulnerable while taking off/landing
- 4 30mm MK 108 Cannons (A-2a is armed with 2 30mm MK 108)
- 24 R4M Rockets
- 2 250kg bombs (2 500 kg bombs on the A-2a)